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A “Simple” Move Goes Awry

published by on November 3, 2014Before You Move Tips

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Sometimes there’s no such thing as a “simple” move.

Just Five Days To Find A Mover And Move Out

When Heidi Weclew hired local moving company, Mr. Mover, based in Orlando, to move her out of her two-bedroom apartment into a new one just 15 minutes away, she had no idea it would become one of the worst consumer experiences of her life.

Weclew, a real estate agent, has several moves under her belt and has had generally positive experiences with movers in the past. But when her job transfer unexpectedly fell through last Spring, she only had five days to hire a mover before she had to be out of her apartment.

So she went online and searched for local movers, checked out reviews and ratings and requested quotes. Mr. Mover quickly became the frontrunner because of their reasonable hourly rate, availability and temporary storage options.

“There were no red flags I could find online or from my conversation with them during the estimate process,” Weclew said. “Everything checked out and they seemed pretty straightforward with what they would and wouldn’t do and how much it would cost.”

$2,000 In Damages And $120 In Protection

On her scheduled move day, Weclew recalled the movers showed up on time, but the crew was unkempt, had no uniforms and showed up in an unmarked truck. They also immediately hit a pipe while backing into her apartment’s loading dock.

By the end of the day, her estimated four-hour move took twice as long to complete, resulting in a higher move cost.  She also said she sustained nearly $2,000 in damages to her belongings, including a new 50” flat screen, dresser, mirror and leather couch.

Weclew also did not see a contract until the end of her move and despite the company’s assurances that she would be fairly compensated for the damage, she was only offered $120 based on the mover’s Released Value Protection policy, which makes them liable for no more than $0.60/pound per item.

“In hindsight, I would have purchased supplemental insurance or moved delicate items myself,” she said. “I figured if I needed something extra, that would be told to me. I put too much faith in the moving company.”

To help others learn from her experience, Weclew has posted reviews on consumer advocate sites like MovingCompanyReviews.com, Ripoff Report and through word of mouth with her local Realtor groups.

More Tips To Help You Avoid A Move Day Nightmare
  • Find a reputable mover that has been independently vetted.

A great place to start is by hiring a certified Pro Mover, administered by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). Some states like Florida also have their own Promo Mover program, administered by AMSA and the Florida Movers and Warehousemen’s Association (FMWA).

“It’s very easy for companies to misrepresent themselves online, through fraudulent reviews or by faking their license and insurance coverage,” said Andy Newitt, FMWA Chairman. “This is why we highly recommend that consumers get in-home estimates and review the documents given to them by the estimator. Florida law requires that movers provide all of the paperwork prior to starting the job.”

MovingCompanyReviews.com also shows whether a mover has the proper licenses, with links to the state authority to make sure they’re up to date.

  • Good movers book fast so start researching movers and requesting written quotes at least four weeks before your desired move date.
  • Be prepared for anything. Even when you book a great mover, stuff happens.

Look into affordable move protection for extra coverage of your belongings and make sure you understand what your mover is liable for (and if you’re willing to take the risk). Many movers also offer additional valuation coverage; so don’t hesitate to ask for more info during the estimate process if you prefer this option.

Remember, reputable movers are behind many happy moves. Check out more tips on how to find a trustworthy mover.


Top Cities with the Scariest Movers

published by on October 20, 2014Before You Move Tips

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Moving can be scary enough – packing, address changes, purchasing what seems to be an endless supply of boxes. Avoid a nightmarish move by being extra precautious in the cites with the scariest movers (based on MovingCompanyReviews.com verified reviews with the lowest rated movers – as defined by two stars or less and/or the most caution flags). If you’re moving in one of these cities, visit MovingCompanyReviews.com, to find the top rated movers in your area to avoid your own moving horror story.

1.) New York: 44% of movers had 2 stars or less (as determined by verified consumer reviews).

2.) Houston: 38% of movers had 2 stars or less (as determined by verified consumer reviews).

3.) Miami: 31% of movers had caution flags (as determined by verified consumer reviews).

4.) Chicago: 20% of movers had 2 stars or less (as determined by verified consumer reviews).

Scariest Moving Tactics:

1.) If a mover is not licensed for the services they advertise.

How to conquer your fear: Visit MovingCompanyReviews.com to verify if a mover’s services are licensed.

2.) If a mover has multiple names or addresses listed online.

How to conquer your fear: MCR displays a caution flag on listings for suspicious movers. Also, perform a web search for the mover’s name and address. If results return multiple names for the same address, or if the street view is a storefront or home (and not a real place of business) run the other way.

3.) If a mover has bad reviews on reputable review sites

How to conquer your fear: Visit MovingCompanyReviews.com to see if other consumers have submitted a verified review for the mover in question. You can see how many stars the mover has, if the mover has a caution flag, and if the mover is licensed and insured.

4.) If they don’t provide a written estimate

How to conquer your fear: Require that any mover you hire provides a written estimate. If the mover declines this request, you’re more at risk for surprise charges.

5.) If the quote provided is significantly less than competitive quotes

How to conquer your fear: Get three quotes before you make your final decision. A scary mover might also lowball an estimate only to surprise you with charges on moving day, or even hold your items hostage until you’ve paid the higher amount. Avoid any quote that seems too good to be true.

6.) If the movers show up with an unmarked truck. This suggests that they’ve rented the truck and have uninsured and untrained workers performing the services.

How to conquer your fear: Choose a mover whose trucks you’ve seen around the neighborhood. They’re more likely to be a legitimate mover that others in your area have trusted.

7.) If the movers don’t come to your home to provide an in-home estimate for a large or interstate move.

How to conquer your fear: Don’t hire a mover who won’t come to your home to assess what the estimate will be if your move is an expensive one. An in-home estimate is the best way to make sure the mover completely understands what will involved in the job, helping you to avoid surprise charges.

Looking for ways to settle into your new city? Find out the 6 ways to start fresh in your new neighborhood.


Insider Tips and Tricks for a Stress-Free Move

published by on September 24, 2014Before You Move Tips, Move Day Tips

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Moving can be a tough process, no matter if you’re moving out for the first time or settling into your “forever” home. We’ve compiled our top insider tips and tricks to create a stress-free move experience. Read more below!

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 READ HERE: Top Ten Moving Day Tips

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READ HERE: Ten Stress-Busting Tips for Moving With Kids

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READ HERE: Top Ten Happy Move Day Tips and Tricks


Top Packing and Moving Tips From the Pros

published by on September 18, 2014Before You Move Tips

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Whether you are moving across the country or just a few blocks away, moving can be a stressful process. We’ve compiled some of the best packing hacks and moving tips from seasoned pros that will save time, headaches, space and potential damage to your belongings. Read more below!

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READ HERE: Seven Amazing Packing Hacks for Moving

 

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READ HERE: Five Things NOT to Pack in Your Moving Truck

 

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READ HERE: Insider Tips for Scoring Free Moving Boxes

 


Should I purchase moving insurance from my mover?

published by on August 21, 2014Before You Move Tips

Accidents happen

Your Moving Insurance Options

Any idea how much will your mover is required to reimburse you if they break your flat screen TV during your move? $20.

Yep, that’s right. Just $20. The standard liability coverage your mover offers you is based on the weight of your items; not their monetary value. Your mover is only required to compensate you for $0.60 per pound, so for a 46″ flat screen TV, that could be as little as $20.

Particularly if you have precious belongings and/or are moving long-distance, consider investing in supplemental move insurance. First, check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance provider to see if you’ll be covered under your existing policy. If not, consider one of the following options.

Mover-Provided Coverage - Released Value Protection

  • This type of coverage MUST be included in your mover’s quote and offered at no additional charge
  • In the event of loss or damage, your mover will reimburse you for $0.60 per pound. So if they damage a 5 lb stereo speaker, you would be reimbursed $3.
  • Boxes you pack yourself are not covered
  • You must sign a statement on your Bill of Lading to agree to this type of coverage

Mover-Provided Coverage – Full Value Protection

  • This coverage is offered by your mover at an additional charge
  • The cost may vary according to your mover and may have different deductible levels impacting your possible premium rates
  • In the event of loss or damage,  your mover will repair, replace or reimburse you for the item.
  • Your mover will not cover “high value” items unless specifically detailed by you prior to the move (e.g. jewelry or china)
  • In most cases, boxes you pack yourself are not covered

3rd Party Moving Insurance or Protection

  • Your mover may recommend a 3rd party for Released Value coverage, or you may choose one on your own
  • You make this purchase yourself and not through your mover
  • We recommend our partner, MoveProtection.com, which offers affordable premiums for some of the most comprehensive coverage on the market. Unlike most insurance companies, MoveProtection.com also covers boxes you pack yourself.

 

Learn more about all of these options at ProtectYourMove.gov.

 

Accidents happen


Top 10 Tips For Cross-Country Moving

published by on August 21, 2014Before You Move Tips

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Relocating to another state is no easy feat. To help make your transition as smooth as possible, we’ve broken down the top 10 tips you should know when moving cross-country.

 

1. Plan Ahead

Good movers’ calendars fill up fast, especially during heavy move season (June through August). To reserve the mover of your choice and save yourself from last-minute headaches, start planning for your move at least six weeks in advance.

2. Investigate

It’s crucial that you hire a licensed, reliable mover when trusting them with your stuff across state lines. Check the following credentials when researching possible movers:

  • USDOT License: Movers that cross state lines are required by the Department of Transportation to have a USDOT license. You can easily find a mover’s USDOT number on their MCR listing (shown below), website or on the written estimate they provide you. Always make sure the USDOT number is accurate and up to date at Safersys.org.

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  • Reviews: Read reviews on MCR to learn about other customers’ experiences with the movers you’re considering. All of our reviews are verified, so you can trust that they came from a real consumer for a real move. Look for review referencing interstate moves in particular so you know what to expect in terms of timeliness, communication and professionalism.

3. Know Your Options

Request quotes from at least 3 qualified movers; keeping in mind the cheapest option may not always be the best. Be aware of any hidden charges and the type of estimate offered. Non-binding estimates factor the weight of your shipment into the final cost. While binding estimates or, better yet, binding not-to-exceed estimates put a limit on the amount you will pay for your move.

Don’t trust estimates over-the-phone. Insist on an in-person estimate to help prevent surprise costs come move day.

Bonus tip: Watch out for another “catch”; be sure you understand the difference between a mover and a broker – learn more here. Your best bet is to stick with a mover since you’ll know exactly who is handing your stuff, and because brokers aren’t covered by current consumer protection laws.

4. Put It On Paper

After selecting a mover, obtain hard copies of the following documents:

  • Estimate: This document describes the services for which you’ll be charged.
  • Bill of Lading: The receipt for your shipment and the contract for its transportation. You’ll receive this from your mover on moving day, if it doesn’t look right, talk to your mover before signing it.
  • Inventory: The detailed list of your household goods showing the number and condition of each item.

Having these documents on hand will ensure if something does go wrong, your bases are covered.

5. Consolidate Belongings

Consider this your chance to rid your home of extra junk. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you’ve used the item in the last 3 months; if not, it’s time to purge! Most interstate movers charge based on weight, so, the less stuff you have the cheaper your move will be. Don’t know what to do with your unwanted belongings? Think about donating to a charitable organization or hosting a moving sale!

6. Pack Accordingly

The further you move, the more potholes you’re likely to encounter along the way. To ensure your stuff is safe and secure, use durable moving boxes and packing supplies. Many movers will insist on certain types of boxes since they’ll need to fit well into the truck and sustain a long haul. Make sure to check with your moving company on any requirements. Move day kits can save you a bunch of time and money and usually come in standard mover-approved sizes. Kits contain boxes, tape, packing paper, markers and box cutters. The best part? If you order online, your kit will arrive, at your door in 1-2 business days. Check one more thing off your to-do list and find a kit that fits your move here.

Bonus tip: Some items are far too dangerous to be put in your moving truck, especially for a long-distance move, check out the 5 things NOT to pack in your moving truck here.

7. Protect Your Move

Even with great movers, accidents happen with 1 out of 4 shipments. In the event of loss or damage to your property it’s important to know your mover’s liability. Most moving companies are only obligated to compensate 60 cents per pound, and this often excludes boxes you packed on your own. Think about this… if your 46″ television gets damaged, you’ll only receive $20! To give you peace of mind during your big move, check to see what your current insurance covers. If it’s not enough, look into 3rd party coverage.

8. Moving Day

Be present on pick-up day to watch and direct the movers as they load your belongings. Typically, this is when your inventory sheet will be filled out. Be aware of the condition of your items and DO NOT sign your inventory sheet until both you and your mover agree on the condition. After your truck is loaded, walk through your home to be sure nothing was forgotten. Last but not least, exchange numbers and any important information with the drivers!

9. Be Available

As soon as your mover hits the road, have your cell on you at all times. Interstate moves are often done on a large tractor-trailer with 5 or 6 other household goods shipments. In these cases, movers need flexibility, so you’ll more than likely be given a “delivery spread,” the timeframe within which your shipment will be delivered. When given a delivery spread, you’ll be contacted by your mover 24 hours before delivery day. Arrange travel plans to meet the movers at your new place. If you’re unable to be there, you could be charged extra to have your items stored.

10. Delivery Day

Make the unloading process as smooth as possible by following these steps on delivery day:

  • Have your payment ready. Typically you’ll pay your mover on delivery, before your goods are unloaded.
  • Use your inventory sheet to check all items were delivered, and in good condition. Don’t sign any documents until you’ve confirmed this.
  • When finished, don’t forget to tip your mover for a job well done! Learn proper tipping etiquette here.

 

Good luck and don’t forget to come back and review your experience to help others have a happy move too!


Full-Service or Moving Labor: The different types of mover services

published by on July 11, 2014Before You Move Tips

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Just like other home service companies, there are different types of movers and moving services available to tailor to your individual need and how much work you’re willing to put in! It’s easiest to start just thinking about what you actually want done for you. 

STEP 1: Which of these things do you need help with?

  1. Provide a truck, load it, drive it, and unload it
  2. Load and/or unload a rented truck or portable storage container (pod)
  3. Pack stuff into boxes and crates
  4. Move items on-site (not moving to a new address)

Full Service Moving Companies:

If you answered “Yes” to #1, be confused no longer — you want a Full Service Moving Company. Depending on the move distance and the US state(s) involved in the move, there may be licensing requirements for a mover transporting household goods with their own truck (a “household goods carrier”).

  • If moving across state lines (interstate move), your full service mover must have an active USDOT license to move household goods between states. This government oversight in theory protects you, your belongings, and others on the road by making sure the mover meets minimum safety and quality standards.

  • If moving within the borders (intrastate) of any non-regulated state (Alaska, Arizona, DC, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin), your full-service moving company does not need a license.

  • If moving from, to, or within a regulated state (all other states not listed above), your moving company must be licensed to move household goods by your state’s regulatory agency.

 

Moving Labor:

If you answered “No” to #1, you might be able to get away with hiring simple Moving Labor. These companies can help you pack your stuff, load/unload your rented truck or storage pod, move items around your house or to the garage, and they can even drive your rented vehicle without a special household goods license. These companies run the gamut from day laborers getting most of their business off Craigslist to well-established and well-rated companies that just happen to specialize in small moves.

Warning: Be careful when hiring Moving Labor. The lack of regulations also lessens their responsibility to perform a well-executed move with minimal damage and loss. Also, since many are not established businesses, they lack robust scheduling systems and may not be reliable or even show up when you need them the most — on moving day!

 

Portable Storage Container Movers

These companies (like PODS, UPack, and others) deliver a portable storage unit or pod to your home or pickup location. You then can load the container yourself on your own time or hire Moving Labor to do it for you. When you are ready, the Portable Storage Container Mover will pick up your container and move it to your new location, where again, you can unload it yourself or hire Moving Labor at your destination.

Some things to keep in mind regarding Portable Storage Container Movers:

  • Estimate your belongings: Make sure you have a large enough container for your move.

  • Where will you keep it? Make sure you have a legal place to park the container at origin and destination. For example, some tight urban areas or high rise buildings will not accommodate a container for more than a few hours.

  • If you don’t want to load or unload yourself, you may have to hire additional moving services. Moving is already a stressful time — you may not want to have to deal with additional companies to handle your actual move.

 

Specialized Moving Companies:

There are also movers that specialize. These are piano movers, safe movers (movers who have special equipment and skill in moving safes), art and antique movers, jacuzzi movers, pool table movers, and more. If you hire a Full Service Moving Company and own any of these items that also must be moved, make sure they are capable of handling them confidently. Otherwise, you may need a Specialized Moving Company to handle your special item.

Still confused? Hit us up through chat or at support@movingcompanyreviews.com and we’ll help you out.


How To Estimate The Cost Of A Pro Move

published by on July 11, 2014Before You Move Tips

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Budgeting For Hired Muscle: How to estimate the cost of a pro move

Whether you’re on the fence about using your own muscle versus hired muscle for your move, it will cost you either way. It basically boils down to whether you choose to spend your time or your money.

If you’re short on time and manpower or just want to offset some of the tasks onto professional shoulders, then hiring a licensed, reputable and experienced mover sounds like your best option. Requesting free move estimates is the most reliable and accurate way to budget for your moving costs, and to shop around for the best options.

But if you want to gauge a ballpark quote before contacting movers, then it’s helpful to understand some of the basics. Most professional moving companies will estimate your moving cost on a combination of the following factors:

  • Distance

  • Weight (critical factor in a long distance move)

  • Time

  • Move size/Difficulty

  • Crew size

  • Gas

The longer your move and the heavier your shipment, the higher your move cost will be.

Let’s break down those factors into a simple formula for local (in-state moves less than 50 miles) and long distance (out of state moves).

Your Basic Local Move Formula

(Base hourly rate) X (# of movers) X (# of hours loading/unloading/transit) + (Gas/tolls) + (Packing services/materials)

Your Basic Long Distance Move Formula

(Weight) X (Rate based on shipment Weight and Distance) + (Packing services/materials) + (Shuttle Fee if your destination cannot accommodate a typical large long distance moving van) + (Optional full value protection of your shipment)

Here are a few very rough estimates to give you an idea on total costs.

Long Distance Moves

A cross-country move from Chicago to Denver (~ 1,000 miles) for a 4- bedroom house (~12,000 lbs. of stuff) could cost around $8,000.

Need a total change of scenery? Moving from Boston to Houston (~ 1,800 miles) for a 2-bedroom apartment (~ 4,000 lbs. of stuff) could cost around $5,000.

When hiring an interstate mover, be sure to request a binding estimate in writing. This will guarantee that the final price you pay when your shipment is delivered will not exceed the estimate, as long as you don’t add items not included in the original estimate.

Local Moves

Staying in the area? A local 4-bedroom size move from one Chicago neighborhood to another could cost around $2,000 (factoring average costs of $160/hour for four men and a large truck).

Hiring two men and a truck for a smaller move can range from $90 – $120 per hour depending on where you live. And if you just want labor help and don’t need a truck, you can expect to pay less than $100 per hour.

Keep in mind estimates can also be affected by your desired move date, so expect higher prices if you want to move in the summer or even on weekends, when demand can be at its peak.

And if you want your mover to pack up your belongings on top of hauling and unloading it it, this can be up to a quarter of the total cost of a full service move. According to an MSN Real Estate article on moving costs, two professional movers can pack up a two- to three-bedroom home in a day at a cost of $400 to $640 (at about $25 – $40 an hour without materials).

Remember, there’s no substitute for getting estimates from top rated movers. This will give you the most accurate quote, especially when you have an in-home assessment where the movers can go through your home and see all your belongings.

Happy moving!


Seven Amazing Packing Hacks For Moving

published by on May 6, 2014Before You Move Tips

Give a kid an empty moving box and they can barely contain their excitement. It can be a fort, a robot or even a racecar…the possibilities are endless. But to us grown ups, empty moving boxes mean countless hours and the painful process of fitting our lives (and homes) into pieces of cardboard.

There’s no way around actually packing up your stuff. But here are our top home packing hacks to help you move like a boss.

7. Pack your dishes on their side

Pros know the best way to prevent chips and damage to your dinnerware is to pack them vertically on their side, not stacked on top of each other. Make sure you use plenty of wrap paper or bubble wrap in between each layer too for extra padding.

6. Put a little plastic wrap on your toiletries

Unscrew the caps of your shampoos, soaps, lotions and anything else that might spill during the move. Cover the opening with a piece of plastic wrap and then secure the caps on your bottles over the plastic. Only takes a second but can save you lots of extra cleanup!

5. Pack small hardware into bags and label for each piece of furniture

It’s hard enough taking apart your bed, dining table and any other large pieces of furniture to make it fit into the moving truck or in the doorway of your new home. Save yourself the hassle when it’s time to put it all back together by placing all hardware for each piece of furniture in individual Ziploc bags, then clearly labeling them. Keep all bags together so re-assembly is a breeze when you’re ready.

4. Color code your boxes and rooms to match

Use colored labels or tape to clearly mark the contents of each box for the room it’s designated for. Then make it easy for your movers to unload by labeling each door or entrance to the room to match the labels on the box (i.e. pink for kitchen, blue for living room etc.). Don’t forget to label on the sides, not tops of your boxes, so you can read them even when your boxes are stacked.

3. Secure contents in drawers with stretch plastic wrap

If you want to keep items in their respective drawers, simply wrap plastic wrap securely around it to make sure it stays in place. This works for portable organizers like silverware trays or securing dresser drawers from sliding in transit. No unpacking necessary, just peel and you’re ready to go.

2. Pack sturdy books and other small, sturdy items in a roll-away suitcase

Don’t worry about breaking your boxes that are overloaded with heavy hardcovers and your extensive DVD collection. Just put them in your suitcase and wheel it away.

 1. Take a picture of your electronics before disconnecting

It only takes a minute or two to disconnect any cables and components for your TV and other electronics. But if you’re not sure how to put it all back together, it can cost you a frustratingly long time. Avoid this by taking a quick picture of the backs of your electronics before you disconnect them so you have a visual cheat sheet for where everything goes when it’s time to put it all back together.


Top Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

published by on April 25, 2014Before You Move Tips

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Whether you are buying or selling a home, the right real estate agent makes the process much easier. If you are looking to hire a real estate agent, you’ll want to ask lots of questions to determine if the agent is the right one for your needs.

Here are some of the important ones to consider:

1. How many closings have you had in the last year?

You can phrase this question as it relates to your goals, whether buying or selling, but knowing how much recent experience a real estate agent has in your area will help you determine if he or she is the right one. Look for an agent who has had a significant number of successful sales in your area.

A real estate agent who is willing and able to provide a number of statistics about his or her success in the market is one that is confident in being able to help you. This is the agent you want on your side.

2. Are you working full-time?

You will do best with someone who is working full-time as a real estate agent. Many part-time agents do quite well, but they are not able to give you their full attention. Choose a full-time agent if you want to reach your real estate goals more quickly.

3. What aspects of my real estate transaction will you handle personally?

Many agents, particularly those who work in an agency or firm, will delegate some tasks to free their time for the more critical tasks. Real estate transactions can be maddeningly complex, and it’s not cost effective for them to handle every aspect themselves. However, you should know what parts are being delegated and what parts the agent is handling. Plus, the answer to this question will give you a clearer picture of the agent’s knowledge and expertise.

4. Do you think my goals are reasonable?

Before you talk to your agent, know what your specific real estate goals are. For example, if you are selling, know what you think you need to sell the house for. Then, ask the agent what he or she thinks you will be able to sell it for. This will give you a clear picture of your agent’s market knowledge, and it will also help you determine if your goals are reasonable.

If you are buying, tell the agent what your goals are. What type of house do you want, where do you want to live and what is your price range? Then, see if your agent thinks your goals are within reach.

An experienced real estate agent will be able to use current market data to help you consider your goals. They will know details that you can’t find on national home search sites. If they are bringing detailed market statistics to you to help you analyze your goals, then you’ve likely found a good agent.

5. May I see the comparative market analysis for homes for sale in my area?

If you are selling, the comparative market analysis will be an invaluable tool. This gives you details about the local market and what your home is likely worth. Not all homes have comparable properties that the realtor can share with you, but you should ask to see if they are available.

When the realtor presents the comps, use the opportunity to ask detailed questions. This will show you what the real estate agent knows about your local market conditions.

6. What is your plan for showing my home?

For sellers, the agent’s marketing plan is crucial. Know how the agent plans to show and market your home, and make sure that it includes the following:

  • Online marketing
  • Photos, photos and more photos, preferably taken professionally
  • Open houses, at least for other agents
  • The use of technology to help with the sale
  • Home staging help

The more marketing techniques employed, the better your success will be, so spend some time on this question.

7. What is your availability?

If you are buying, find out when the agent is available to show you potential houses. Make sure that the availability is in line with your own. You don’t want to end up with an agent that can only show houses on days or times when you have to be working.

Whether you are buying or selling, you want the right agent at your side. Take the time to ask these detailed questions, and you can move forward with confidence that you have found the right one!

 

Guest post by Phil Henderson, President of Henderson Properties, a family-owned real estate agency located in the greater Charlotte area that focuses on home sales services and property maintenance.

 


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